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Developed as one of the first of its kind in the UK, the course is relevant for engineering graduates who intend to enter or enhance their career prospects in the oil or natural gas industry.

The course explores the geology, exploration, drilling, production (surface and subsurface), reservoir engineering and management, distribution and transmission of oil and gas from practical and theoretical viewpoints. Alongside this specialised knowledge of natural resources, you will also develop a range of transferable skills, such as mathematical analysis, problem-solving, communications and laboratory skills

On completion, you may be eligible to join the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers or Society of Petroleum Engineers which may enable you to qualify as a Chartered Engineer.

You will:

  • Explore gas and oil exploration, drilling, production and delivery
  • Learn to make management and scientific design making and problem-solving
  • Understand the distribution and transmission of oil and gas from practical and theoretical viewpoints
  • Have the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer
  • Enhance your career prospects in the oil and gas industries

This course is for you if:

  • You're an engineering or science graduate discipline keen to enter the gas or oil industry as an engineer
  • You're an engineer or industrial practitioner interested in formalising your current position with a professional qualification
  • You're interested in learning how natural resources are sourced and managed

Course Details

This MSc programme is delivered over one year full-time, or two years part-time. The course consists of four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project module. A nine-month PgDip pathway is also available.

In semester one, you'll explore petroleum economics and project management, building an understanding of key geological processes, exploration, drilling, and production. In the second semester, you'll study the fundamentals of natural gas and production systems and design, which will provide you with specialist knowledge of gas supply, LPG technology, and treatments of crude natural gas. 

Following this, you'll bring together all of your learning to conduct high-level coordinated academic and practical work to form your final dissertation assessment. The project often relates to current research in oil and gas engineering.

Visit the website for further information on modules.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities. Students benefit from the supply of a range of high-quality teaching materials and software. Interaction is face-to-face wherever practical, but we also use web-based learning support packages (databases of materials, discussion boards etc.) and there is a strong focus on guided self-learning.

Assessment is a blend of coursework (50%) and examinations (50%). Students are required to attend all of the modules. There are seven examination sessions.

Students must pass all the modules studied with an overall average of at least 50% in the module programmes and in the course assessed work. MSc Students must complete a dissertation (60 Credits) on any aspect of the natural gas business either experimentally or computationally. 

Students admitted to the course at Diploma level with examination and coursework of 50% may proceed to MSc level (120 Credits).

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.


Due to the relative uniqueness of this course in the UK, together with the high demand of graduates with the types of skills and knowledge that this course offers, employment prospects are excellent. Graduates can expect to enter or progress in industries such as petroleum, gas, process engineering, chemical or steel.

Some of our graduates choose to progress to postgraduate and doctoral research in our Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC). The Centre aims to build on our world-class research and provide industry with guidance and expertise in 21st-century technology for business success and economic growth. Research at the Centre is supported by EPSRC, TSB, DoH, MoD, Royal Society, European Commission funding, as well as direct investment from industry.  

Visit the Petroleum and Gas Engineering - MSc/PGDip page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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